Windows Update Not Running Error Code C80003FE

As the title states I am having problems with Windows 7 64 bit SP1.  My explorer is crashing and windows is no longer able to update and displays the erroc code: C80003FE.  I have run Microsofts FixIt with no success and it stating that it could not fix the problem.  Thanks for the help!

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Last updated May 16, 2019 Views 12,216 Applies to:

Hi Mike,


I have understood that your windows explorer is crashing and you get an error message C80003FE while installing windows update.


I want to know Which updates fail to install ?


Try the following methods in order to fix the issue.


Method 1: Update troubleshooter


Run the windows update troubleshooter and attempt to install the updates

Open the Windows Update troubleshooter


Method 2: Clean Boot


If he still has issues, put the computer in a clean boot and attempt to install the updates

How to perform a clean boot to troubleshoot a problem in Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista


Note: Refer "How to reset the computer to start as usual after troubleshooting with clean boot" under more information to reset the computer to start as normal after troubleshooting.

[Note]: After troubleshooting, refer to this section ‘How to reset the computer to start as usual after clean boot troubleshooting’.


Method 3:


For further troubleshooting you can refer to this link:

Unable to install updates in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2


Try to follow the steps mentioned above and revert back to us with results.


Thank you






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